Welcome to Zahara de los Atunes
About 20km southeast of Los Caños de Meca, Zahara de los Atunes fronts a fantastic 12km-long, west-facing sweep of white-gold sand. For years a traditional fishing village famous for its Atlantic bluefin tuna caught using the ancient almadraba method, today Zahara is a popular, easygoing summer beach hang-out that's forging its way into the local culinary scene, with two annual gastronomic festivals. Its tiny old core of narrow streets and lively bars centres on the ruined 15th-century Castillo de las Almadrabas, where the tuna catch was once processed. In summer, chiringuitos (beach bars) spill out onto the sand; the rest of the year, things can be very quiet. Southeast of Zahara is the more developed resort of Atlanterra.